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There is a gulf between the Arab peoples and Arab intellectuals. ...
by Tahar Ben Jelloun

There is a gulf between the Arab peoples and Arab intellectuals.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Be vigilant, for nothing one achieves lasts forever.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted
that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally.
We have no writers who are recognized,
respected and loved outside the Arab world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

 

There are very few great poets in the world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

It is impossible to disregard such an important medium as television.
We should know how to use it, learn to work in it and
express new values in it.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

It is through accepting other people in our own countries
that we shall come to respect our neighbours and be respected in our turn.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

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Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare -
and precious as a pearl.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Religion has to stay in the heart, not in politics.
It is private.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The intellectual, the man of thought,
doubt and analysis, should give the best of himself.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

What have we achieved since the end of the Second World
War? We have allowed petty,
bourgeois regimes in which everything is average,
mediocre.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

To lead a country, you must periodically hold a national
consultation in which people representing different
programmes can make a bid for power.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

This universe can very well be expressed in words and
syllables which are not those of one's mother tongue.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Beauty is first and foremost an emotion.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

In the Arab world, there is no link between the cultural
habits of peoples and the ways of thinking and creating of modern intellectuals.
They are two separate worlds.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

My hope is that countries like Morocco will have investment to create work,
so people don't have to leave.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

For me, poetry is a situation - a state of being,
a way of facing life and facing history.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I don't feel guilty about expressing myself in French;
nor do I feel that I am continuing the work of the colonizers.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Emigration is no longer a solution; it's a defeat.
People are risking death, drowning every day,
but they're knocking on doors that are not open.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We must stop posing as victims of the West and behaving
negatively towards the West.
We must participate with the West on an equal footing
in the reconstruction of the world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The power of the word in Morocco belonged to men and to the authorities.
No one asked the point of view of poor people or women.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

At 21, I discovered repression and injustice.
The army would shoot students with real bullets.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

My sensibility steers me toward writers who are out on their own.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I am a Moroccan writer of French expression.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Poetry is not only a set of words which are chosen to relate to each other;
it is something which goes much further than that to
provide a glimpse of our vision of the world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The world does not look to us in the Arab world out
of a healthy desire for knowledge.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I liked Sartre's views but not his writing.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature
because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity.
We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I'd thought sexuality was instinctive or natural,
but it's profoundly linked to inner security and cultural context.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

An individual voice can be heard in a choir that otherwise sings in unison.
This is something that is not excused.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I read a poem every night, as others read a prayer.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

In the '70s I was in exile; every time I went back
I wondered if they'd take my passport away.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Intellectuals try to keep going.
But their situation is very difficult.
Those who have had the courage to voice their opposition
have often paid a very high price.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I write about wounds, the eternal treasons of life.
It's not very funny, but it's sincere.
My commitment is to sincerity.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I belong to a specific category of writers,
those who speak and write in a language different from that of their parents.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I do not use the language of my people.
I can take liberties with certain themes which the
Arabic language would not allow me to take.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I love life in spite of all that mars it.
I love friendship, jokes and laughter.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I am a guest of the French language.
My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language,
which is not the same as that of a French poet.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The mistake we make is to attribute to religions the
errors and fanaticism of human beings.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Egypt has suffered more ordeals than the other countries to get where it is.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

My characters are driven by a passionate desire for justice.
They are rebellious and incorruptible.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

In Morocco, it's possible to see the Atlantic and the
Mediterranean at the same time.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

People must insist on the right to say no,
to be alone, to stand out from the herd.
Creative artists can say all this in their own way and in their own field,
by hard, rigorous work.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We must have our say, not through violence,
aggression or fear.
We must speak out calmly and forcefully.
We shall only be able to enter the new world era if
we agree to engage in dialogue with the other side.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I have written about the dispossessed,
immigrants, the condition of women who do not enjoy
the same legal rights as men,
the Palestinians who are deprived of their land and condemned to exile.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

New ideas should confront old ideas.
We must refer to the example of Europe.
People have fought to make Europe what it is today.
Freedom is not something that is served up on a plate.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice,
exploitation, humiliation.
I know that's not enough to change the world.
But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The bulk of extra supplies that could be put into the
market come from two places.
One, they come from other Persian Gulf suppliers,
of which Saudi Arabia is at the top of the list.
- Daniel Yergin

There has been a great gulf in psychological thought
between the perception of space and objects on one
hand and the perception of meaning on the other.
- James J. Gibson

Since the Gulf War, since the new World Order,
America is now the number one arms dealer in the world.
- Rob Walton

As horrific as this impact has been on my constituents,
it is only a small part of the overwhelming destruction
covering 90,000 square miles of the Gulf Coast.
- Jo Bonner

I've been as a pilot involved in the Gulf War.
And then, in the No-Fly Zone.
- Philippe Perrin

With the parties at virtual parity and the ideological
gulf between them never greater,
the stakes of majority control of Congress are extremely high.
- Thomas E. Mann

We were impressed with the size and scope of the Persian
Gulf as we traveled to Islamabad,
Pakistan.
- Jon Porter

Everybody in America is going to have to sacrifice
to help us rebuild the Gulf Coast.
Every government program, every individual,
we are all going to have to sacrifice.
- Tom Coburn

Iraq made commitments after the Gulf War to completely
dismantle all weapons of mass destruction,
and unfortunately, Iraq has not lived up to its agreement.
- Barbara Boxer

My goal is to be living back in Canada as soon as I can,
hopefully somewhere in the Gulf Islands.
- Nicholas Lea

Hurricane Katrina exposed the harsh reality that we
have been skating on thin ice when it comes to this
country's energy concentrations on the Gulf Coast.
- Pete Domenici

The Gulf War is responsible for the huge and horrifying
rise in Islamic terrorism.
- Pierre Salinger

If this ice melts in Greenland it can shut down the Gulf Current.
- Jay Inslee

How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit
on between heaven and hell.
There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm,
and in that chasm is no place for any man.
- Johnny Cash

We've killed a million Iraqis since the start of the Gulf war -
mostly by blocking humanitarian aid.
- Woody Harrelson

I don't think there is one cause of Gulf War illness.
- Christopher Shays

There can be a fundamental gulf of gracelessness in
a human heart which neither our love nor our courage can bridge.
- Patrick Campbell

A great gulf, however, has been opened between man's
material advance and his social and moral progress,
a gulf in which he may one day be lost if it is not closed or narrowed.
- Lester B. Pearson

There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between
those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.
- Rebecca West

I'm not panicking, and I'm not scared,
I've been through the Gulf War, the Asia crisis,
and the Russian crisis.
- Al-Waleed bin Talal

My home was 25 miles from the gulf, and I did not want
to see it become a shorefront property.
- John Breaux

I think the perception of there being a deep gulf between
science and the humanities is false.
- Clifford Geertz

I've had songs written during the Falklands war,
and during the first Gulf war I got letters from soldiers
saying they were listening to these songs,
like Island of no return.
- Billy Bragg


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